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Welcome to Cynthiana, Kentucky
We hope that you will enjoy your stay at this friendly Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1885 by Seldon Renaker, who owned a thriving poultry and buggy business, the two-story red brick inn offers each guest the charm and warmth of the 1880s with the modern conveniences of today. Located in the lovely bluegrass area of central Kentucky in Harrison County, in downtown Cynthiana, you will find the location very convenient to the larger cities of Lexington and Cincinnati, and smaller towns such as Georgetown and Paris.
Cynthiana is the seat of rural Kentucky at its finest. "The Maiden City" as we are called boasts historic tourism, clean industry and lively commerce, individual and community educational opportunities for growth and development, a community medical center and much more. We are located within a comfortable driving distance of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati.
We look forward to your visit so that we can pamper you!
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jeff and Sue Neal for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most of our guests stay at the Seldon Renaker Inn because they have family or friends in the area. Some of our guests are passing through and want to try out the B&B experience at a more affordable price. Other guests are our "regulars" who have been staying at our Inn in excess of 10 years.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
The Seldon Renaker Inn is best known as having the best value for the money in staying at a Bed & Breakfast. We offer a lovely, yet casual environment that makes our guests feel right at home! What do we love most about the Inn? We enjoy the historic feel of this 127+ old home that is complete with modern conveniences. We have tried to retain much of the Victorian "feel" of the home, yet the Inn has today's technology to meet our guests' comfort and needs.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Many guests come to Harrison County or Cynthiana to get away from the "rat race" of the cities and to just relax. Some travelers have stayed with us when they come for the various Horse Events at Keeneland and/or visit the Horse Farm Park. Being in the northern section of the Blue Grass, horse farms are abundant. Should someone need a place to stay, the Seldon Renaker Inn is located midway between Cincinnati, OH and Lexington, KY on Highway 27.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The best compliment received about the Seldon Renaker Inn is that our guests feel like they are at their own "home away from home". We cater to the guests' dietary needs when there are allergies or preferences, provide guidance on "things to do" and give our guests private "space" to have R&R while staying in Cynthiana.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Cynthiana was integral during the Civil War. Some of the most beautiful churches and Victorian homes still remain from that period and can be seen right here in town! Additionally, Harrison County has an enormous amount of artistic talent! The Rohs Opera House has frequent talent nights, plays, and other events. Also, Herbert Allen Moore (aka "Herbie"), a local painter, displays his talent at our Chamber of Commerce and shares the space with other local artists. The museum right across the street from the Inn holds some of the most historic items from Harrison County! These are only a few of the "secrets" this small town holds. One must travel here to find out the many treasures of Cynthiana and Harrison County!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Activities in the area depend on the time of year. There are several types of events that occur in the spring & summer: for example, the Home & Garden Show, Rod & Run (car show) event, and a Farmer's Market to name a few. In the fall, Cynthiana's Opera House has an historic walk of Cynthiana during the evening hours with a paranormal "twist". There are a few wineries nearby for wine tasting and to see the beautiful farms during the drive. Georgetown, Paris, Midway, Frankfort and Lexington are all within 30 minutes to 1.5 hours away to see some of the local horse farms or to take in some of the city events in those areas.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Cynthiana is a small town so there are quite a few things within walking distance! The Museum is directly across the street and is open Fridays and Saturdays. The Flat Run Veterans Park is within walking distance where one can find the Farmer's Market, a covered area for outdoor events, playground for the younger generation and an amazing walking trail! There are five restaurants/diners within walking distance as well, allowing guests to leave their cars in the Inn parking lot.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We try to eat at all of the local restaurants equally, and most of these eateries have some very good food. If we want the best fried green tomatoes, we will go to Biancke's Restaurant; if we want a good sandwich, we'll go to The Vault for lunch; if we have guests arriving within the hour, we'll go three doors down for a bite at Paula's Diner.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Would recommend that travelers go to the Cynthiana Chamber of Commerce website to find good references for things to do, places to go, and amazing things to enjoy!
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have four rooms for our guests. Three of the four rooms have their own bathroom and a queen size bed. The rooms are good sized and have a sitting area for our guests to watch TV, read a book or visit with friends. The fourth bedroom is used when families stay and need that extra room for teenagers or additional guests.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets. One of the innkeepers has serious allergies to pet dander. Additionally, we have several of our regulars who have similar issues. For those guests seeking alternatives, we recommend other local motels/B&B.
- Private bedrooms and bathrooms
- Comfortable Plush Bedding
- Wireless Internet
- Cable Television with DVD Player
- Breakfast served upon request
- Ironing Board/Iron available for guests
- Walk to restaurants, museum, movie theater, gym and shops